Another Sixer has decided that getting ready for the 2019-20 season will take priority over the opportunity to play international basketball.
Tobias Harris will not participate in this summer’s FIBA World Cup, a source confirmed Monday. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey first reported that Harris had withdrawn.
Harris, signed to a five-year, $180 million deal this summer, was originally part of the 20-man squad scheduled to participate in a training camp from Aug. 5-9. A 12-man team will be named on Aug. 17, with the World Cup beginning in China on Aug. 31.
A number of other USA players have also reportedly withdrawn recently, including Anthony Davis, James Harden and Bradley Beal. Harris may have had a significant role if he’d chosen to stay on the team, which is now down to 14 players.
Former Sixer Landry Shamet is among the players who will take part in the camp as a member of USA Basketball’s Select Team.
Ben Simmons — also locked in with the Sixers for the long term — withdrew from the Australian National Team to focus on preparing for the upcoming NBA season.
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